Why this course?

How Psychologically-Informed Pain Practitioner Certification™ can enhance your practice

The Psychologically-Informed Pain Practitioner Certification Program™ is a professional training that equips practitioners with psychological, behavioral, and whole health approaches to treat pain. Developed at the Integrative Pain Science Institute.

The Psychologically-Informed Pain Practitioner Certification™ was developed by Joe Tatta, PT, DPT in collaboration with a team of leading educators, researchers, and clinicians. The curriculum closely follows best practice recommendations for pain management outlined by:

  • APTA Clinical Practice Guidelines
  • International Association for the Study of Pain
  • Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy Pain Education Guidelines 
  • American College of Physicians Clinical Practice Guidelines
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Task Force on Pain Management
  • UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidelines for Pain
  • And many others…

Certification Courses Include:

  1. Pain Education and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  2. Motivational Interviewing for Chronic Pain

  3. Trauma-Informed Pain Care

  4. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Pain

  5. Mindfulness-Based Pain Relief

  6. Mindful Clinical Mentoring

How this certification prepares you for your role in pain management

The certification approach goes beyond pathology-based treatments that rely on “find-it-and-fix-it” methods consistent with an outdated biomedical model. Instead, it integrates whole health, psychological, and behavioral approaches so that you, the provider, have a better understanding of the patient's lived pain experience. 

This improved understanding is used to individualize interventions so that both the physical and psychological factors are addressed. This multimodal approach is supported by empirical evidence and benefits the patient by providing viable options for improving life activities previously limited due to pain. 

It prepares you with an up-to-date and in-demand approach sought out by physical therapy clinics, pain management centers, rehabilitation hospitals, universities, behavioral health, and addiction treatment centers. The certification ends with how to teach these skills to junior staff and peers.

Benefits of this programme

  • Improved outcomes

    Patients who are empowered to make decisions about their health that better reflect their personal circumstances experience improved health outcomes.

  • Community support

    Network with your peers and Dr Joe Tatta, share best practice and research interests. Identify the root cause of patient pain and assess patients and clients holistically.

  • Increase referrals

    Evidenced-based strategies and techniques to increase your referrals and generate higher revenues for your practice.


Meet your instructors

Joe Tatta PT, DPT, CNS

Dr. Joe Tatta, PT, DPT is the founder of the Integrative Pain Science Institute, a cutting-edge health company reinventing pain care through evidence-based treatment, research, and professional development. His research and career achievements include scalable practice models centered on health behavior change, integrative medicine, and methods that empower physical therapists to serve at the top of their scope of practice as primary providers of healthcare. He is a speaker, author, hosts a podcast, adjunct professor, and guest lecturer in many DPT programs.

Annette M. Willgens, PT, MA, EdD, RYT

Annette M. Willgens is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Temple University in Philadelphia. Dr. Willgens earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at Ithaca College in 1989, a Master of Education from New York University in 1993, and a Doctor of Education from Northcentral University in 2012. She was board certified as a Pediatric Clinical Specialist from 2009-2019 and continues clinical practice at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She holds a certificate from NovaSoutheastern University in Qualitative Research Methods and she is a Registered Yoga and Reiki Practitioner.

Rose M. Pignataro, PT, PhD, DPT

Rose M. Pignataro, PT, PhD, DPT is a doctor of physical therapy with more than 30 years of direct patient care experience, including the treatment of chronic pain and associated conditions. In addition to her clinical background, Dr. Pignataro has a PhD in public health, with a strong focus on social and behavioral theory, health promotion and wellness.

Jeremy Fletcher, PT, DPT, OCS

Jeremy Fletcher, PT, DPT, OCS, currently serves as the Director of Community Integration for Veterans Recovery Resources, a by-Veteran for Veteran non-profit mental health organization located in Mobile, Alabama.

Carey E. Rothschild, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS

Dr. Carey Rothschild is an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Rothschild earned a Bachelor of Health Science in Physical Therapy in 1999 from the University of Florida and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2005.

What Professionals Are Saying...

Dr. Kylie E Rowe, PT, DPT

San Francisco, California

"The certification for practitioners through the Inegrative Pain Science Institute provide the foundation for valuable and practical evidence-based tools that we as clinicians can immediately put into practice to indeed help our patients heal their pain."

Mary Grant, Physiotherapist

Dublin, Ireland

"I really enjoyed the minfulness and ACT courses. It has given me the skill to use mindfulness techniques in a targeted way with patients. I have already found this very useful when helping people to live well with persistent pain."

Dr. Andrea Moore, PT, DPT

Owner drandreamoore.com

"I have taken multiple courses and read countless books, but struggled to bring it into the clinic until I found Joe's programs. This certification exceeded all my expectations. Not only is it evidence-informed, it also includes a step-by-step guide along specific exercises and instructions so you can literally bring it into the clinic the next day. It will change your brain and your patient's brain!

Dr. Michael Zabala Aquino, PT, DPT

Owner of Deconstruct Health

"The courses furthered my psychology-informed practice as a physical therapist and has helped so many of my patients change how they perceive their pain and has reduced their negative thoughs and beliefs surrounding pain."


Feel free to get in touch using the 'Support' link in the footer if you don't find the answer to your questions (opens your default email program).

  • Who can register for this certification?

    We welcome anyone who cares for people with pain. This includes PT, PTA, OT, COTA, MD, DO, DC, RN, NP, PA, Pharm, mental health, RD, nutritionist, health coach, life coach, fitness/wellness professional and pastoral counselors.

  • Is this program approved for CEUs?

    Yes! This course is approved for 7 CEUs for PTs, OTs, and Health Coaches.

    The Integrative Pain Science Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department, State Board of Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapist and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This course is approved in New York as well as more than 34 states through reciprocity (see below for a list of states).


    Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida (Rule 64B17-9), Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming

    ​​This course is also approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

    NOTE: Some states still do not require continuing education for re-licensure. In addition, some states do not perform verification of continuing education material, which means they do not approve courses for CEU credit and usually accept any material. Please check with your state physical therapy association or state PT board for more details.

    For participants outside of the United States or those who do not require a formal CEU certificate, we will be happy to provide a Letter of Participation form that you may keep for your records. Upon completion of the course, please contact us at support@integrativepainscienceinstitute.com to request the form. Please check with your industry governing body to confirm whether this is required for your continuing education.

  • How long does it take to complete the certification?

    The certification can be completed in as little as six months.

  • How much time do I have to complete the certification?

    You have unlimited access to coursework.

  • What if I fall behind, get sick, etc.?

    If you have a life event that slows you down, we’ll create a custom plan so you can comfortably complete the certification.

  • What credentials can I use after my name to indicate certification?

    The value of certification enhances credibility and respect from peers. Upon successful completion of the certification, you can use the initials PIP® (Psychologically Informed Practitioner) after your name to indicate validation of knowledge.

  • How does this fit within my scope of practice?

    All health and wellness professionals may (and do) use principles of behavior change. This certification provides important psychologically-based skills and techniques proven to help people overcome pain.

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You will also receive FREE exclusive access to …

  • Coaching and Mentorship Call

    One-on-one calls with Dr Joe Tatta for personalised support and guidance

  • Networking Forum

    Our digital community incorporates an online forum where you can share best practice, research interests, and benefit from peer-to-peer support

  • Free Updates

    Receive free updates on all courses to keep your practice consistent with the latest research and knowledge exchange